There are at least nine French bases scattered across northern Syria, according to the investigation carried out by Anadolu Agency. France apparently expanded its presence since March, when the media counted only five French military facilities.

US troops are deployed at four of the French bases in northern Syria. The other five military camps would also be left more vulnerable since France can only “ensure their continued mobility by relying on” US troops or YPG militia for support.

Ankara sees the YPG, or People’s Protection Units, as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which it considers terrorist and blames for attacks at home.

France has been secretive on its operations in Syria, saying only that about 1,100 soldiers serve in the Middle East. The exact numbers of troops in Syria haven’t been revealed, even since the Operation Chammal started in Syria back in September 2015.

Macron promised that Paris will continue its uninvited hostile operations in Syria. / ABC Flash point News 2018.

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